Democratic Convention, Night 3: Making the Party Lines Clear

The third night of the Democratic National Convention was all about one thing: Sen. Kamala Harris of California becoming the first Black and Indian American woman to accept a major political party’s vice presidential nomination.

But key Democratic criticisms — many rooted in health care issues and the COVID-19 pandemic — were repeated throughout the evening.

Hillary Clinton took an early swipe at President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response, describing how he has fallen short despite coming in “with so much set up for him,” such as “plans for managing crises — including a pandemic.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reupped another criticism of Trump and his fellow Republicans: “Instead of crushing the virus, they’re trying to crush the Affordable Care Act and its preexisting conditions benefit,” she said.

During her acceptance

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Democrats in Array (For Now)

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Democrats have shown a remarkably united front, including on health care, in their socially distant, made-for-TV convention this week. That’s likely due, at least in part, to the physical separation of party members who disagree on issues — this year they cannot chatter on live television — and to the party truly being united in its desire to defeat President Donald Trump in November.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to complicate efforts around the country to get students back to school, from preschool to college. And the Trump administration’s effort to eliminate anti-discrimination protections in health care for transgender people is put on hold by a federal judge.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Shefali Luthra of The 19th.

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Smiling treats, happy eats | Health Beat

Want to give healthy snacks that extra oomph in your household? Try dressing them up for a little appeal, like teddy toast. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Getting tired of your kids filling up on junk food between meals? Help them get back on the road to healthy eating.

Growing kids generally need two to three snacks between meals. Snacks should be provided at least an hour before meals.

The first step? Get organized.

  • Plan ahead. Discuss with your child the types of snacks they’ll actually eat. Get a list going of what you’ll need to buy.
  • Give them several options to choose from. The same snack every day can get boring really quickly.
  • Pick a day for food prep. If you’re able to prep a whole week’s worth of snacks at once, your future self will certainly appreciate it.
  • Get your kids involved. Recruit your kids to make a snack
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